When my girls were little and in Kindergarten, D-Day was a very special day. They learned their letters and sounds with a curriculum that included “Letter People” and “D” Day was when they learned about Mr. D and his Delicious Doughnuts. It was also the day the only male teacher at the school, Mr. Davenport (aka Mr. D.) would bring them boxes of delicious Dunkin’ Donuts. The kids loved it.
But this post is about another D-Day, June 6, 1944. Today is the 73rd Anniversary of D-Day. There is a National D-Day Memorial and it’s not located in a tourist “hot spot” like Washington, D.C, where there are a lot of other military memorials. The National D-Day Memorial is located right off Route 460 in Bedford, Virginia. My husband and I stopped there on a trip back from a football game way back last October and I’ve been waiting to share this with you until the real D-Day, June 6th. The memorial is a tribute to the Allied Forces who participated in the invasion of Normandy during World War II. More than 5,000 ships and 11,000 aircraft supported the landing of 150,000 Allied troops on a 50 mile stretch of beach in Normandy, France in an attempt to break the Nazi stronghold on France. More than 9,000 Allied soldiers were killed or wounded on that one day, June 6, 1944. That number included 2,499 American service members. Continue reading